The days after Trump and Brexit
by Mike Meyer
It’s time to get back to our future. There is no future in the past. And past failures offer nothing at all. While we need to deal with the hysteria and delusions of the left behind people and their failing leaders, they are left behind because they have been lied to for years and just need to realize it, the future is on us and evolving fast.
One of the reasons things have become so confused is because our analogies of time are too simple. We have a series of deep cultural images of time dating back to the first day our high school history teacher drew a long line on the blackboard. Later the board became white but the line remained the same. Tick marks indicated the important dates. And the future was off the right edge. Where did it go?
Accelerating paradigmatic change is rewriting the rules of communication, media, human agency, society, and time. All this happens around us and drags us along. We are not in charge. Life really is but a stage and we are now standing in a darkened theater while scenery disappears and is replaced around us. The old scenery was creative and ingenious with direct human skill but the new sets are being increasingly designed and installed by our intelligent tools.
We have promoted ourselves to the meta reality of the deistic creator. We don’t directly know what is happening but that matters less and less. Our systems assume their own future development. We’re all nervous and new at this but a percentage of the folks have panicked and are demanding that someone tell them what to do. Preferably they want to be told that nothing has changed and, even if it is not, make it that way. There are always people who give people the answer that they want particularly if money can be extracted. That hasn’t changed. They will need to adapt.
Eventually they will figure out that this theater is also the Hotel California. You can decide to leave anytime you want but you just can’t find the door. The doors are part of the set and you have to create where they go. But that is being taken care of by our intelligent tools and we just have to learn to live with what’s happening. The sets are so real and the script is being rewritten as we stand here…